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Old 16th September 2011, 03:02 PM   #1
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I would like to make this tread to discuss our favourite classic rock bands , by this i mean in a very wide way covering everything from Led Zeppelin , Van Halen , Iron Maiden to Pantera etc

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Old 16th September 2011, 03:13 PM   #2
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I´m a HUGE Iron Maiden Fan.Maiden made me love rock music like no band ever did.Somewhere here in the forum i was reading that I.Maiden albuns were good recordings , in sound quality that is. I cant agree on that , albuns like Iron Maiden , The number of the beast , Piece of Mind and Powerslave the quality sound is arcaic .I´ve listened to albuns of those years with much better recordings and probably quite cheaper.Live after Death is to me the first quality recording Maiden did , of course it has a lot of studio improvements done later( remember it´s a live recording).Somewhere in Time is another example of a poor recording , Martin Birch (I.Maiden , Deep Purple , Whitesnake) is a good producer but in my opinion is albuns lack sound quality.7th son of a 7th Son is a little better still far from what could be done in 1988.
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Old 16th September 2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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Leslie West and Mountain always rang my bell.
What he could do with a single pick-up Gibson Les Paul, Jr. was amazing?

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Old 16th September 2011, 03:46 PM   #4
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Various late 60's early 70's 'unofficial' live Who recordings are just so far ahead of the game I can't really take anything else too seriously since I got hold of them about 10 yrs back.

Otherwise, quite like 1st 3 Zep albums, Jethro Tull, Hendrix, ZZ Top, Clash, very early Elvis Costello & Attractions - anything that rocks hard but has melody and sounds like it could have been or was recorded live (studio or concert). Don't like 'metal' version of rock at all in the slightest - sounds wimpy to me and over-produced.
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Old 16th September 2011, 04:27 PM   #5
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i dont like the Who , never did , but Zeppelin are absolutely amazing there´s not a song a i dont like.
talking about british bands , there is always Queen , Freddy was an absolute musical genius , i dont think will ever see anyone like him.

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Old 17th September 2011, 03:27 AM   #6
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Various late 60's early 70's 'unofficial' live Who recordings are just so far ahead of the game I can't really take anything else too seriously since I got hold of them about 10 yrs back.

Otherwise, quite like 1st 3 Zep albums, Jethro Tull, Hendrix, ZZ Top, Clash, very early Elvis Costello & Attractions - anything that rocks hard but has melody and sounds like it could have been or was recorded live (studio or concert). Don't like 'metal' version of rock at all in the slightest - sounds wimpy to me and over-produced.
i like good records , i dont mind if there is a lot production if the result is pleaseant.i also like rawer less produced records like the 70´s ones used to be.what i hate is bad productions , like some of I.Maiden and others like Foreigner´s Agent Provocateur or Def Leppard´s Pyromania.

A shame cause i truely love all these albuns.Maiden´s Powerslave sounds like it was recorded in the mid 70´s not 84 , Foreigner´s Agent Provocateur the vinyl sounds awful and of course the cd worse , Def Leppard´s Pyromania terrible bass never sounds good.Metallica´s kill em all and master of puppets are other good examples of bad production.Ride the lightning is better , still bass doesnt sound good , and Justice for all is so bad they should record it again .Metallica 1991 black album is IMHO the best of the 1st 5.

Dave matthwes behind these crowded streets is a production masterpiece , specialy the bass , if i sold hifi gear this would be the 1st cd i´d play for the customer.

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That's quite a gap between Toto and Pantera. I have an admitted bias towards Iron Maiden. I had a half-British friend who liked them, told me he used to see them play the NCO club on the USAF base in England. I saw them live not long afterwards, opening a show for, I believe, Judas Priest. This was all back when Paul D'Anno (sp?) was still lead singer. I can't say anything positive about that experience unfortunately. Bruce Dickenson certainly improved things, but the band still never managed to "flip my switch" and become something I would own.
BTW, Judas Priest's Sad Wings of Destiny sounds pretty good to me. I couldn't tell you the producer, but it's arguably their best. BTW, BTW, if you like Priest, give a listen to Trapeze Jury from their album Medusa. Glenn Hughes, Dave Holland, and the late Mel Galley are probably better known from Deep Purple, Judas Priest, and Whitesnake, respectively. Classic 70s stuff.
Burke Shelley of Budgie is IMHO one of the great underrated bassists in rock. Yeah, his vocals are not unlike Geddy Lee's. Yeah, Metallica's Breadfan record probably earned them more $$ than any of their own. But In The Grip Of A Tyrefitter's Hand is as good a max riffage shake the walls track as I can think of.
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Old 18th September 2011, 08:08 AM   #8
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Hey, lduarte1973, have you listened to other Martin Birch productions? I can recall 'Heaven & Hell' and BÖC's 'Cultosaurus Erectus' (now playing) as his work and I've never found anything wrong with those. I don't, though, usually make a conscious effort to grade recordings on sound quality. I'm not really that kind of audiophile. Sure, I notice if it's substandard, satisfactory, or exceptionally good, but that's about all. To me, what is recorded almost always takes priority over how it is recorded.
Many interesting opinions voiced in these few posts: "quite like 1st 3 Zep albums", "Don't like 'metal' version of rock at all in the slightest - sounds wimpy to me and over-produced", "bad productions like... Def Leppard´s Pyromania", "early Elvis Costello & Attractions - anything that rocks hard." Not saying whether I agree or disagree at this point, just noting that there's a large population that would disagree.
I listen to just about anything other than choral/opera stuff and rap/hiphop stuff, and I even have some of those titles. But I can only take it in small doses. My desert island would have to be equipped with some blues rock and some fingerstyle guitar.
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So... anybody listen to stuff like Dr. Feelgood, Big Star, Brinsley Schwarz, The Romantics, The Inmates, etc. What you might hear called power pop or pub rock or whatever (genre labels can be as inhibiting as helpful IMO, and just as often). Elvis C fits better with this group than some of the harder bands mentioned.
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You can probably find video of a fellow Texan named Monte Montgomery playing Little Wing on Youtube. On an Alvarez Yairi amped acoustic. Odds are real good you've never seen a guitar played this way before
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